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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,697
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 977
Gots: 1,897 | FT: 41
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

jrcolli22, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

lccrunchy, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of SoCalStout
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchill's 2/28/2012.

Appearance: Amber orange with a 1 fingers worth of white head with moderate lacing.

Smell: Pineapple, passion and mango fruits, mild citrus, pine and hop floral. A wonderful smell but not as powerful as on-tap.

Taste: Piney hops followed by mildly-sweet tropical mango and citrus, some pine resin and orange with lingering bitterness. It's a completely bright citrus finish; some sweetness that milds down the drying. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and moderately-high carbonation. Creamy and a bit resinous.

Overall: Just a first-rate brew. Certainly in my top 10 IPA's when fresh and on-tap like this.

SoCalStout, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of thedoubler55
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Pint glass

A: A nice brownish orange, with about two finger off white head at the top that fades quickly, minimal lacing.

S: Tropical fruit every where, grapefruit, lemons, mango, oranges, pineapple pleasant notes.

T: A nice upfront taste of tropical fruit, that tail ends with some nice mixture of malts, great taste.

M: Dry finish, mid carbonation, medium bodied.

O: Amazing beer, truly reminded me of my favorite (HOPSLAM). A great well balanced beer, will definitely have more.

thedoubler55, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

scubahood, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bomber poured into my Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A: Golden straw, with a one-finger head. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Light lemon and light graininess. This is a somewhat tame scent, but what's here is pleasant.

T: Strong lemon-rind upfront with some nice bitterness from the hops upfront and lightly in the finish. Some earthy notes...slightly grassy. Mild grapefruit underlies the beer, but the lemony-citrus drive the beer. Absolutely excellent.

M: Light and very carbonated. Not overly carbonated, but close.

O: I'm a big fan of this different-type of IPA than I'm used to. The lemon and medium hops drive the enjoyable taste.

Hophead717, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

eawolff99, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

alwaysplayin, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pored orange with a really thin white head. Left some lacing on the glass.

The smell was of citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit.

The taste had pine needles and citrus fruits mainly lemon.

It was smooth with some carbonation very refreshing.

Overall a good IPA there's others I prefer though and at a lower price.

Dave1999, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

nodnarb788, Feb 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

durrrr, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of TVolt1
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great golden clarity. Poured with a small amount of perfect white head.

S: Very welcoming caramel malty smell followed by a good amount of citrus hops. Small amounts of lemon smell along with a little bit of brown sugar.

T: Great bitter taste but not a bad finish like some bitter beers. Wonderful citrusy hops to kick it off with a luttle grapefruit. The strong maltiness and caramel i smelled are barely there but just enough to match perfectly with the citrus.

M: good moutfeel. Highly carbed.

O: Overall an excellent beer. Havent been this excited about a bitter beer since Abrasive and my husbands home brew masterpieces. Even my burp tastes good!

TVolt1, Feb 27, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear, golden yellow with nice white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Lacing on the glass.

S- citrus fruit, smells very good but not as strong as I was hoping.

T- dry and some caramel malt, citrus fruity, lemon, bitter.

M- a little thin but very good amount of carbonation.

O- a very good beer. One of the best IPAs I've had.

vobr0002, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber with a very slight haze and a smallish off-white head.

Exceptionally fruity aroma, featuring oranges and other citrus fruits. Some caramel here too. In fact, the aroma seems markedly sweet. Still, this much hop aroma can indicate a rather bitter brew; such is not the case here. The flavor is actually rather tame for style since there's plenty of sweet malt to partially counter the hop bitterness. No question, however, that this leans to the bitter side, as it should, and eventually one is left with an aftertaste consisting of hoppy, grapefruit bitterness. The premier feature of this IPA, however, is the powerfully fruity aroma and flavor. This actually tastes like it was somehow made with a citrus punch featuring tangerines. [Citra hops?]

M: very smooth; medium body; light harshness/bite from 7% ABV which is otherwise not evident in tasting.

O: an outstanding IPA for those who, like me, are particularly fond of a citrusy IPA.

chinchill, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

gjarvis, Feb 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

kchannel9, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

ejl4, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

rchristensen, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

bdbd, Feb 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

demgoth, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

GripitandSipit, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

musicsherlock, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of StoneTSR
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

As usual, for my West Coast IPAs, thanks Ren (bigsippin)

APPEARANCE: The head was a bit much, foaming up quickly and requiring me to slow the pour from the 12 oz. bottle. It settled in a reasonable amount of time though and allowed me to pour the rest into what was left of a big, billowy white head. The color is light orange and bubbles are very lively. Crystal clear as well.

SMELL: Absolutely exceptional. This may have just knocked Pliny out of the top spot. Imagine everything you want a good IPA to smell like and that’s what you have here. Huge flowers with a hint of pine and teases of citrus. This will whet your palate for sure.

TASTE: I’m so sorry to myself and to the beer community in general that I did not try this beer sooner. I considered myself an expert on American IPAs, but now I understand that I didn’t really know what I was talking about until I tried the Sculpin. The palate is greated with some nice, mostly lemony citrus along with just enough malt to balance it out and a nice dose of pine. The strong, bitter grapefruit takes charge about halfway through the sip and builds until the nice, dry finish. I’m not sure I would have noticed mango, but after reading several reviews I can certainly taste it, so take that for what it’s worth. Wow, what a great tasting beer. I don’t know that this can be improved upon.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a little stickier than I would have liked and the mouthfeel, unlike the smell and taste does have some room for improvement. I’d rather it were slightly more carbonated and a bit less syrupy.

OVERALL: Although I wasn’t thrilled with the mouthfeel and the appearance wasn’t perfect, it was exceptionally close. I don’t want Ballast Point to ever change this beer, this should be the standard every IPA maker strives for.

StoneTSR, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

joshwalt, Feb 24, 2012
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,697 ratings.